Buena Park Bus Accident
A number of people who live and work in Buena Park use public transportation on a daily basis, especially buses. Many utilize the Anaheim Resort Transit buses (ART) when traveling to Anaheim and Buena Park attractions.
Others use the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA), which has approximately 77 bus routes and 6,200 bus stops throughout Orange County.
Thousands of children ride Orange County school buses every day as well. While bus travel can be inexpensive, it can also be extremely dangerous. Anyone who has been injured in a bus accident would be well advised to contact an experienced injury lawyer to obtain more information about his or her legal rights and options.
Injuries Suffered in a Bus Accident
There are many types of injuries that can occur as the result of a bus accident. Even on buses equipped with properly working seatbelts, there is the potential for serious injuries to occur. Here are the most common types of injuries that may occur in a bus accident:
- Brain injuries: There are a several ways in which a bus passenger may suffer a traumatic brain injury. Some victims may suffer brain trauma after striking their head on the window, the seat in front of them or on another hard object. Others may experience whiplash so severe that their brain can strike the inside of their skull. Victims who have lost consciousness or who are suffering from headaches after a bus crash should seek out immediate medical attention.
- Whiplash: Neck injuries are serious and can take a long time to heal. Some victims may not even experience symptoms until hours or days after the crash. Anyone who has a sore neck following a bus accident should seek medical attention before his or her symptoms get worse.
- Spinal cord damage: In instances involving a sudden and powerful collision, passengers may suffer spinal cord trauma. Victims of spinal cord injuries may experience numbness or even paralysis.
- Bone fractures: It is particularly common for victims of bus accidents to suffer bone fractures. Some may suffer broken bones in their arms if they attempted to brace themselves for impact or crushing bone fractures in their legs when the bus sustains substantial damage.
- Broken teeth: Another consequence of slamming your head into a seat or object during a bus crash is the possibility of broken teeth and facial disfiguration.
- Lacerations: Many bus accidents result in broken windows. Flying shards of glass and metal can cause devastating laceration injuries.
- Internal bleeding: This is possible if the victim was wearing a seatbelt that caused severe abdominal pressure or if he or she was crushed in the accident.
Other Bus Accident Victims
Bus passengers are not the only potential victims of bus accidents. Victims who are in a car, on a bicycle or walking on the roadway at the time of the accident can suffer major or fatal injuries as well.
Buses are large vehicles, which means that they can cause devastating damage. All injured victims of bus accidents can hold the at-fault party accountable for their injuries, damages and losses.
What to Do after a Bus Accident
Victims of bus accidents will need to prove that they were involved in the accident and that they suffered an injury in the accident. It is important to have your name on the police report, to obtain the contact information from the drivers and witnesses of the crash and to seek out immediate medical attention.
You will then need to calculate the extent of your damages and losses. Did you miss work because of the accident? Have you suffered physically and emotionally because of your injuries? Did you suffer a long-term or permanent disability as a result of the bus crash?
Determining the potential value of a bus accident claim can be a challenging process. The experienced bus accident attorneys at our law firm can help you calculate your losses while holding the at-fault party accountable for the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Buena Park bus crash, please contact us for a free consultation. Call 949-203-3814